Arrow Monsein

One day in I decided to go to the SPCA just to see all the animals. I was a student at UVA at the time and wasn’t planning on adopting but then I saw Arrow, he was so happy standing there with a ball in his mouth. I took him for a walk and told him if he was still there in a week that I’d be back for him. I went back to see if he was still there and they told me he had a pending adoption application/home visit. A few days later, on September 16th 2014, I found out the home visit fell through and he was mine!

Arrow was definitely meant to be mine. He brought so much happiness into my life and all the time in the world wouldn’t be enough with him, but I am so incredibly lucky to have had nearly three amazing years full of adventures with him. He was an excellent foster kitten dad, he loved taking care of them and making sure they were all clean. He was completely obsessed with his tennis balls and he always impressed everyone with his amazing fetch skills. Every single time we went to the dog park, he would take the ball to everyone there so they would pay attention to him. When people came over to visit, he’d greet them with a ball – ready to play! He absolutely loved water and especially playing fetch in the water. He could run circles around the puppies at the dog park at 10 years old.

Arrow became suddenly sick and when his regular vet couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him, he was sent to Virginia Tech. They unfortunately discovered that he had prostate cancer that spread to his back leg and ribs. He enjoyed lots of cuddles, a nice car ride with his head hanging out of the window and a steak dinner before I had to say goodbye to him. Arrow leaves behind his mom, Melanie Monsein, his cat brother, Little Kitty and his cat sister, Bella. I will miss him more than words could ever capture.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh